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We Empower Youth

with life-long healthy coping skills to manage their stress and make healthy choices each day.

 
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Youth are experiencing overwhelming stress and they don’t know how to manage it.

Nearly half of teens report they are not doing enough to manage their stress and educators working with students who exhibit stress often ask these students to “calm down” without equipping them with strategies for how to calm down.

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The Numbers

Since founding in December, 2016, Youth Yoga Project has:

 
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Equipped over 1,000 students in grades PreK-12 to use their breath and body to regulate their emotions and maintain a healthy lifestyle through yoga and mindfulness practices

 
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Taught yoga and mindfulness at over 35 schools and community centers

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Empowered over 800 educators through professional development with mindfulness practices to create calm, focused and joyful classrooms

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Data

Data collected during Youth Yoga Project programs shows significant increases in the percentage of students who report having strong social-emotional competence and utilizing healthy social-emotional tools and skill sets. Through pre-test and post-test assessments, we learned:

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Discipline Data

Discipline data showed a 20% decrease in the amount of out of class removals as a result of YYP’s program.

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Attendance Data

The average attendance for students was 2% higher on days when yoga instruction occurred.

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Self Awareness

Students intentionally notice their brain, body and breath and how mindfulness impacts their brain, body and nervous system

 
 
25% increase -  I can identify how my body feels when I get upset or angry.

25% increase

I can identify how my body feels when I get upset or angry.

70% increase -  I can use my breathing to identify how I am feelings.

70% increase

I can use my breathing to identify how I am feelings.

54% increase -  I know places in my body where I hold tension and stress.

54% increase

I know places in my body where I hold tension and stress.

 
 

Self Management

Students know how to use mindfulness to manage big emotions such as anxiety and stress

 
 
75% increase -  I have tools to regulate my feelings and emotions.

75% increase

I have tools to regulate my feelings and emotions.

92% increase -  I know physical movements that help me when I need a break.

92% increase

I know physical movements that help me when I need a break.

68% increase -  I have healthy tools to manage my stress.

68% increase

I have healthy tools to manage my stress.

 
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Social Awareness & Relationship Skills

Students use mindfulness practices to notice and support those around them and create community

 
 
32% increase -  I regularly practice empathy.

32% increase

I regularly practice empathy.

27% increase -  I know how to resolve conflict in a healthy way.

27% increase

I know how to resolve conflict in a healthy way.

 
 

Responsible Decision-Making

Students use mindfulness to calm their emotional brain and access their thinking brain to make positive decisions for themselves and their community

 
 
28% increase -  I can recognize how my actions impact others.

28% increase

I can recognize how my actions impact others.

42% increase -  I know how to seek help when I need it.

42% increase

I know how to seek help when I need it.

31% increase -  I regularly make healthy choices that support myself and my school community.

31% increase

I regularly make healthy choices that support myself and my school community.

 
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After completing professional development with Youth Yoga Project:

100% of teachers report that they would recommend YYP professional development to a colleague.

 

Teachers reported:

 
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Student Self-Regulation

Increase from 10% to 65% of teachers notice their students using mindfulness to self-regulate.

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Teacher Self-Care

Increase from 36% to 100% of teachers using mindfulness for their own self-care.

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Daily Mindfulness

Increase from 9% to 62% of teachers using mindfulness as part of their daily instruction.


Straight from the teachers:

 
This training was extremely well organized - it went above and beyond my expectations.
What an incredibly info packed weekend.  I wasn’t sure how much we could get, but I feel armed and ready to do this on a bigger level!
This is the best professional development I’ve been to! I LOVED IT! Very well organized and thought out. You kept me involved and invested the entire time.
I am so excited to have the foundational skills to start teaching yoga to youth!
 
 
Best workshop I have ever attended.  I was engaged the entire time.
My School Counseling Department has started Morning Mindfulness before school twice a week and expanded our yoga and mindfulness into other areas of the school as well, including holding “exam brain breaks” during semester exams. Our foundation for everything we started this year was the Youth Yoga Project. The two-day training was the best training I have attended in my 20+ years in education. Thank you to Lauren and Julia for planning a well thought out, organized, practical training. We took the training, ran with it, and never looked back....except to consult on ideas with them. They always responded and helped us throughout the year. I encourage anyone who is interested to attend the training to get a foundation for implementing yoga and mindfulness in your setting.
— Christa Russell, school counselor at Central Crossing High School
 
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